High iron?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Thermopkt, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Thermopkt

    Thermopkt New Member

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    We have an old well here on the property that we are getting up and running. The water is very high in iron. Currently I water my goats with house water. We have to haul our water so I was hoping to use the well water for the animals. Would water that is high in iron, and probably a lot of other minerals, hurt them? Would it just mean tweaking management to compensate? Or would be more of a crash and burn thing?
     
  2. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm New Member

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    The iron makes it hard for them to absorb copper. You may have to bolus, but I would start by getting a good high-copper mineral.

    Our soil/water is very iron rich, too. In fact -- when we dig deeper than a couple inches we find iron oxide (? that may not be right - Iron oxide may be rust) pellets ...very weird.